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3rd September 2009

Woman sacked for smacking son at home

Susan Pope was a senior nurse at a leading school when she smacked her 10-year-old son at home for being abusive to her. His teenage brother called the police. Although police arrested the 46-year-old and her husband, they released Mrs. Pope and her chartered surveyor husband without charge. The…
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3rd September 2009

Facebook to beef up privacy safeguards

Canada has reached an agreement with Facebook that will see the social networking site make the personal data it holds on users safer. Among other issues, the country's Office of the Privacy Commissioner had been particularly concerned with the way that the company shares information with third…
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3rd September 2009

New employment vetting scheme approaches launch

October 12 will see the introduction of the Vetting and Barring Scheme (VBS), which will apply to anyone applying to work in a regulated activity to join a list that employers can refer to ensure their suitability for the work. VBS is the product of the enquiry that followed the murder of two…
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3rd September 2009

Woman awarded テつ」187,000 compensation for harassment

Lance bombardier Kerry Fletcher received テつ」187,000 in damages after winning a claim at an employment tribunal in 2008 for sex discrimination, victimisation and sexual harassment. Ms Fletcher was bullied after she refused a male sergeant's sexual advances. Ms Fletcher said the harassment began in…
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4th September 2009

Former Dresdner staff sue for bonuses and severance pay of almost テつ」10m

Three former managers at Dresdner Kleinwort are suing the investment bank to recover unpaid bonuses and severance pay worth $11m (テつ」9.7m). A spokesman for Commerzbank, which now owes to Dresdner, is reported as saying: Given the huge losses at Dresdner Kleinwort last year, Commerzbank objected to…
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4th September 2009

Opportunity to disclose offshore tax liability

The HMRC is giving people with unpaid taxes linked to offshore accounts or assets to settle their tax liabilities at a favourable penalty rate.If you have unpaid tax linked to an offshore account or assets to declare you will have until 30 November 2009 to notify HMRC to benefit from the terms of…
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8th September 2009

Women in leading finance companies "get 80% less in bonuses"

An inquiry has shown differences in pay between women and men in the UK financial sector, particularly in bonuses. Data compiled by Britain's Equality and Human Rights Commission has revealed that women in some of the country's leading finance companies get 80% less in performance-related pay than…
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8th September 2009

Company to pay ex-employees compensation for short notice of redundancy

Ex-employees of a plane-part maker have won compensation from the company after closure of one of its factories made them redundant.Ninety five former workers at GE Aviation in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, had taken the company to a tribunal in Bristol that awarded them recompense of two days窶…
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8th September 2009

Workers demonstrate again over foreign employees

Unemployed workers have demonstrated for a second time over the use of non-UK employees at a power station building site. About 100 members of the Unite and GMB unions took to the streets again to protest that contractor Siemens is not sticking to its promise to source 80% of workers for the…
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8th September 2009

Union criticises MP's proposal for pension cap

An MP's comments about limiting public sector pensions have provoked a strong reaction from senior civil servants union FDA. Terry Rooney said on breakfast television that the pensions of some senior public staff had become excessive and should be limited, causing the union to reply that "there…
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22nd September 2009

Additional holiday entitlement if sick while on leave

A judgment made in Europe has implications for the amount of leave workers in the UK can take. Ruling on the Working Time Directive the European Court of Justice (ECJ) found sick and annual leaves must be separate, a decision that will affect directly how much time workers in the UK public sector…
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22nd September 2009

Making an employee redundant to avoid pension costs is discriminatory

A man suffered age discrimination from a local authority when it dismissed him from his job, an appeal has found. In upholding a decision by an earlier hearing the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has decided that London Borough of Tower Hamlets made its employee Mr. Wooster redundant to avoid…
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22nd September 2009

Fathers may get part of mothers' maternity leave

New mothers will be able to transfer some of their maternity leave to their partners if government proposals get the go ahead. Under the plans up to six months of outstanding maternity leave in the second six months of a baby's life can be handed over to the father. Today employed fathers have an…
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22nd September 2009

Collective redundancy consultations must begin when the intention is formed.

A decision by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has clarified at what stage an employer who plans to make collective redundancies must consult its employees. The ECJ said in a reply to a request from a court in Finland that the obligation arises when an employer窶冱 intention to make the lay offs…
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29th September 2009

Compulsory retirement age is lawful

Charities Age Concern and Help the Aged failed in their attempt to show that UK law is in breach of the EU窶冱 Equal Treatment at Work Directive. They have said today that they will take their fight to parliament and called on the government to scrap the default retirement age using the equality…
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